Fact and Fiction
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art, Media and Technology
Department: Art, Media & Technology
Course Number: PSAM 3825
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Photography
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Visual Arts
This course explores and questions the idea of the image as evidence, or the way seemingly objective documentation shapes public perception and the historic record. The very nature of photography is subject to manipulation and therefore raises questions in regard to our concept of “fact” and “fiction.” Once the photographer raises the viewfinder to their eye, that very act suggests control and manipulation over how the photograph will reveal what is being recorded. Students will explore chance, spontaneity and time in order to open up their photographic practice, giving them the ability to respond to a wide variety of situations and circumstances. "The documentary form is now more potent than ever, even though we believe less than ever in documentary truth..." —Hito Steyerl
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All School of Art, Media, and Technology undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): PUPH 2011 Sophomore Seminar 2 or PSAM 1051 Photography 2.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Communication Design students.

Open to Design and Technology students.

Open to Fine Arts students.

Open to Integrated Design Curriculum students.

Open to Illustration students.

Open to Photography students.